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At the end of July, I had a fit of severe constipation, excess gas, a 'swimming' feeling in my guts, and nausea. It lasted about a week or two. During that time I was put on aggressive laxatives, including GoLytely. Just typing that name out makes me flinch-I sat on the toilet for upwards of nine hours that day and I got nothing. After that I was given Magnesium Citrate, which also made my life hell for no reason. Eventually, the constipation passed on its own and I was recommended MiraLax for any future fits.
The doctors at the hospital tested my blood, my urine, they did x-rays and pressed around and found nothing. (The doctor during that session severely overtreated me, so when he said he thought it was possibly a stomach ulcer, I didn't entirely believe him. We'll get back to that.)
After that my symptoms kinda winded down, but there was always some persistent discomfort. I can't quite recall exactly what went down, but basically the symptoms kept changing every week or so. I had bad bloating, the occasional shifting, excess gas from both ends, and just an overall feeling of unease. I was losing sleep every night because of the awful contractions in my guts as well as the awful acid reflux that burned at my throat whenever I laid down.
This is where I should mention my severe and often debilitating anxiety I've had my entire life. This all was made a thousand times more stressful due to it, and I found myself worrying about an early death. At eighteen years old, I was lying awake at night crying my eyes out wondering if I was going to see tomorrow. I looked up the symptoms of stomach ulcers and had a panic attack when they matched, but I didn't follow the prescription due to my inability to see a GI for multiple stupid reasons. I noticed one of the causes of stomach ulcers is NSAID pain reliever usage, namely Ibuprofen. I've used Ibuprofen quite a bit in my life due to my constant migraines, so certainly that could be a cause? Who knows.
As of now, the shifting in my guts only happens when I eat whole wheat. Within minutes it gets so awful I feel like stabbing my stomach out to make it stop. There's a persistent tight feeling in the left side of my abdomen that flares up and simmers down at random, the occasional stretch or mild stabbing pain in the same area, and I get stomach cramps pretty often. I pass gas through both sides a lot throughout the day, and my stools are loose and frankly really gross. Sometimes, if my abdominal pain is flared, it hurts to try and pass stools as if something is on the verge of bursting. Additionally, it sometimes feels full like it would be if I'd drank a small glass of water. It's extremely unpleasant and does absolutely nothing to soothe my anxiety. It's bothering me pretty badly right now but I ate some over-seasoned chicken a couple hours ago, so I'm wondering if it really is just a flare up.
My bathroom habits are really getting in the way of my social life. I can never tell when I'm going to need to sit on the toilet for thirty minutes, and the last time I was with a friend I ruined it by making her stop the bus early on so I could find a bathroom. I try to only eat foods with lots of fiber once or twice a week so I don't get overloaded.
I have a case of minor, untreated scoliosis that I suspect may be causing my back pain whenever I stand idle or sit. I find that my right side presses down a little more than my left whenever I sit straight up. I'm not sure if this could contribute but I felt like it was good information.
My biggest question is, does this sound familiar to anyone who's actually diagnosed with IBS? I've done the press test multiple times so I think I can rule out appendicitis, though when I press too far on any area it doesn't feel all that pleasant. I'm scheduled to see a doctor soon so I'm hoping to get some answers, but for now, is there anyone else who struggles with these symptoms? I'm sick of jumping the gun and convincing myself I'm going to die before I'm twenty.
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